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In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table in the Sixth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies classroom at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. On Tuesday, Ohio becomes the first state to administer one of two tests in English language arts and math based on the Common Core standards developed by two separate groups of states. By the end of the year, about 12 million children in 28 states and the District of Columbia will take exams that are expected to be harder than traditional spring standardized state tests they replace. In some states, they'll require hours of additional testing time students will have to do more than just fill in the bubble. The goal is to test students on critical thinking skills, requiring them to describe their reasoning and solve problems. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)
In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2015, practice test books sit on a table at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)
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Test plays greater role in New Jersey teacher evaluations

A standardized test will play a greater role in the evaluation of teachers in New Jersey.

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New Jersey education officials revise, rename Common Core

State education officials say standards once known as Common Core will now be called the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

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Practice PARCC test books
Practice PARCC test books (AP Photo/Ty Wright, File)
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Initial Common Core goals unfulfilled as results trickle in

Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.

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Practice PARCC test books
Practice PARCC test books (AP Photo/Ty Wright, File)
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Common Core is not the problem, assemblyman says

Officials with the New Jersey Department of Education announced Wednesday that committees would be formed to look into changes to the Common Core. On Thursday, the chairman of the Assembly Education Committee criticized the move and said the state was addressing the wrong issue.

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NJ Common Core changes not expected until Fall 2016

Officials at a state Board of Education meeting made it clear Wednesday that committees would be formed solely to review the Common Core's two education standards, and that New Jersey parents waiting for changes should not expect them before the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Common Core-Tech Divide
In this April 30, 2015 photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, take the Common Core-aligned standardized tests. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)
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Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at Burlington County College Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Pemberton, N.J. Christie is backing away from the use of Common Core school standards, saying the system isn't working for students in New Jersey.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a gathering at Burlington County College Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Pemberton, N.J. Christie is backing away from the use of Common Core school standards, saying the system isn't working for students in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Christie backing away from Common Core in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling for an end to the Common Core standards in New Jersey, saying that the system isn't working for students in the state.

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States move to reduce time spent on Common Core-based exam

Students in 11 states and the District of Columbia will spend less time next year taking tests based on the Common Core standards, a decision made in response to widespread opposition to testing requirements.

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Practice PARCC test books (AP Photo/Ty Wright, File)
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Senate panel passes bills affecting standardized tests

A ban on standardized tests in kindergarten through the second grade has come one step closer to becoming law.

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Common Core-Tech Divide
In this April 30, 2015 photo, Leticia Fonseca, 16, left, and her twin sister, Sylvia Fonseca, right, take the Common Core-aligned standardized tests. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)
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Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools

Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at Cuyama Valley High School use Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom.

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